THERE were four new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Brighton and Hove in the past 24 hours.

According to the latest figures from Public Health England, a total of 14,377 people had tested positive for the virus in the city, as of 9am today.

The rate of infection in Brighton and Hove now stands at 4,943 cases per 100,000 people, lower than the England average of 6,747.

The four new cases in the city were among 51 cases recorded across Sussex over the period.

In East Sussex there were 17 new cases, bringing the county’s total to 30,373, since the pandemic hit.

West Sussex saw the highest daily increase, with 30 people testing positive over the period.

It means there has now been a total of 41,401 cases in the county.

No coronavirus deaths were reported by hospital trusts in Sussex in the past 24 hours.

Across the South East there were 355 new cases, bringing the region’s total figure to 533,519.

Nationally, cases rose by 4,040, down slightly compared with 4,654 yesterday.

It takes the UK’s total recorded cases to 4,341,736, since the pandemic began.

Across the UK there were 56 Covid-19 deaths recorded, within 28 days of a positive test.

It means a total of 126,670 people have lost their lives to the virus.